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Amy Courter
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Major General Amy S. Courter, CAP, is the former

National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol. She was
elected by a unanimous decision of CAP's National Board
on August 7, 2008.[1][2][3]

Major General Amy S. Courter, CAP

1 Education
2 Career
3 Civil Air Patrol Service
3.1 Early career
3.2 National Commander
4 References
5 External links

Major General Amy S. Courter,




Amy Courter graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1983

with a bachelors degree in psychology and education,
minoring in computer science and mathematics. She also
earned secondary school teaching certifications in
psychology, computer science and mathematics.[4] Courter
played basketball and field hockey as a Kalamazoo Hornet,
and studied abroad in France at the Universit de


United States of America


Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary

Years of

1979 present


Courter served as Vice President of Information Technology
and Telecom at Valassis, a marketing company in Michigan.
Courter began as a mid-level manager at Valassis, accepting
increasingly more strategic roles, overseeing all IT efforts

1961 (age 5354)

Flint, Michigan

Major General, CAP

CAP National Commander
(August 2007-August 20, 2011)
CAP Vice Commander
Michigan Wing Commander

Distinguished Service Medal

years there.[4][5] Valassis is

globally for the last 14 of her 20

a publicly traded $2.3 billion company (NYSE:VCI).[6] In

Exceptional Service Award

Meritorious Service Award



Amy Courter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2005, she planned her departure from Valassis to enable her

to work in other industries - notably health care[4] and

Commander's Commendation
Unit Citation Award

Civil Air Patrol Service

Early career
Courter joined Civil Air Patrol as a senior in High School. She served as Michigan Wing Commander from 1999 to
2002. She also served as the female senior advisor to CAP's National Cadet Advisory Council.[4]
Courter has received the Garber, Loening, Yeager and Wilson awards; as well as the Distinguished Service Medal
with two clusters, National Commanders Commendations and Exceptional Service, Meritorious Service and
Commanders Commendation awards.[8]
While serving as wing commander, Courter played a pivotal role in creating a new National Cadet Special Activity,
the Civic Leadership Academy. This gives cadets an in depth view of the United States Government.

National Commander
Courter was the first female member of CAP to attain the rank of Brigadier General and Major General. In 2007,
Courter became the Civil Air Patrol's Acting National Commander. She was elected to a regular three year term as
National Commander in 2008.[1][8]
On August 7, 2008, during the 2008 Civil Air Patrol National Board and Annual Conference, Courter was elected
to remain as Civil Air Patrol's National Commander. She was promoted two days later at the conclusion of the

1. "Courter elected CAP national commander"
fuseaction=display&nodeID=6192&newsID=4541&year=2008&month=8). Civil Air Patrol. Archived from the
original (
fuseaction=display&nodeID=6192&newsID=4541&year=2008&month=8) on 2008-09-16. Retrieved November 3,
2. PDF (
7653&p_olh=0) of "Courter in Session: First Female Vice Commander Ready to Serve," Civil Air Patrol Volunteer,
NovemberDecember 2006.



Amy Courter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

3. "CAP is Official United States Air Force Auxiliary" (

4. "Biography - Major General Amy S. Courter"
5. "Association for Women in Computing Honors Valassis Vice President Amy Courter" ( Valassis Investors. Retrieved
21 December 2012.
6. "About Us" ( Valassis. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
7. "From Great To Greater Still" ( Corp Magazine. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
8. "COURTER ELECTED CAP NATIONAL COMMANDER" ( Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol Newsletter. August 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
9. "Courter blogs about Servant Leaders and other topics"
( Metromode Media. Retrieved 21 June
10. ""General to Speak at Jackson"" ( Jackson Citizen Patriot. January 23, 2014. Retrieved
Jun 21, 2014.

External links
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Categories: 1961 births Living people National Commanders of the Civil Air Patrol
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